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What Should You Do When Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Injuries Do Not Show Up Right Away?

Motorbike accident.Often when people are involved in an Atlanta motorcycle accident that appears relatively minor, they do not immediately notice any injury symptoms.  This happens for a variety of reasons including:

Motorcycle Accidents Generate Adrenaline

When a person is involved in an accident of any type, their bodies generate adrenaline[1] and endorphins.  These two chemicals operate in the body to contribute to the heightened alertness and jitters that are common after an accident while at the same time blocking pain.  As time passes the levels of adrenaline and endorphins drop to a normal amount, leading to the sensations of pain that a victim did not notice earlier.  Just because a motorcyclist feels fine immediately after a collision, that does not mean that there are no injuries.

Soft Tissue Injuries After a Fulton County Motorcycle Accident

A soft tissue injury[2] refers to damage done to parts of the body other than bone. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are considered “soft tissue.”  Motorcycle accidents, even low-speed ones, generate a lot of force. Motorcyclists and passengers often come to a sudden stop or they may get thrown from the motorcycle. This places a lot of stress on joints and other vulnerable areas of the body.

Soft tissue injuries typically result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility, but these symptoms may not show up immediately. They can take days, even weeks, to manifest. In addition, soft tissue injuries are not visible on an X-ray. This makes them more challenging to diagnose and document. Getting proper medical treatment is the key first step even before the first sign of pain or discomfort.

A common type of soft tissue injury after an Atlanta motorcycle accident is whiplash.  “Whiplash” is an informal descriptor of soft tissue injuries in the neck.  Whiplash is commonly understood as pain in the neck, but can affect any neural pathway, including into the extremities and down the spine. Other possible symptoms of whiplash include:

  • difficulty moving or reduced range of motion
  • stiffness in arms and shoulders
  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • muscle spasms
  • slowed reflexes, and
  • numbness or weakness in afflicted areas

With these symptoms, whiplash can not only make life unpleasant, it can make everyday tasks around the home and at work considerably more difficult.

Concussions After an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident

The brain is well protected by the skull and the fluid inside of the skull. However, if you strike your head, or your body is violently jolted, your brain may strike the inside of your skull with great force. Concussions[3] can be very serious, and the symptoms do not often show up immediately. Sometimes the symptoms are obvious, such as disorientation or even loss of consciousness, but they can also be subtle including:

  • clouded thinking
  • inability to concentrate
  • difficulty remembering new information
  • headache
  • blurry vision
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • lack of energy, and
  • abnormal sleep patterns including sleeping more than usual or less than usual

If you exhibit any of these signs following a motorcycle accident, you may have a concussion; and you should seek medical attention.

Emotional Pain After a Motorcycle Collision in Fulton County

The most difficult injury to spot and diagnose after any accident can be emotional or psychological damage.  Aside from more catch-all pain and suffering damages, the most common emotional harm linked to motorcycle accidents is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which involves situational anxiety following a traumatic event.  As with a concussion, a person with PTSD may suffer depression, anxiety, or other disruptions of their normal personality.  PTSD symptoms may not arise until as long as several months after an accident.

Seek Medical Attention After an Atlanta Motorcycle Accident  

Following a motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist and any passenger should seek medical attention as soon as possible.  A medical professional will be able to confirm if any injury has occurred and to determine the best course of treatment.  Thereafter,

if you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to an Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible.  Only an experienced attorney can determine if any third party is liable for your injuries and your damages.

References:

[1] http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response
[2] http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00111
[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/basics/definition/con-20019272

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